Gov. Roy Cooper Mobilizes N.C. National Guard For Deployment Ahead Of Presidential Inauguration

RALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Roy Cooper has mobilized 550 North Carolina National Guardsmen to help with security in Washington, D.C. and Raleigh as President-Elect Joe Biden prepares to take office on January 20th, according to a news release.

“Ongoing security concerns in Washington, DC and state capitals around the nation following last week’s attack on the US Capitol must be taken seriously, and I will deploy necessary resources to keep North Carolinians safe. I have spoken with state and federal authorities and thank the men and women of the North Carolina National Guard for their continued service to our state and nation,” said Governor Cooper.

Beginning this weekend, Gov. Cooper says he has also mobilized around 350 National Guard members to serve the state of North Carolina in Raleigh by protecting residents, property, and the rights of others to peacefully assemble and protest.

Gov. Cooper says at the request of federal authorities, North Carolina will send 200 National Guardsmen to D.C. to help civil authorities and local law enforcement before and during the Presidential Inauguration.

Officials say this deployment adds to the already 10-person joint communications team working to support the inauguration, and the Guard will be deployed for around seven to eight days.

North Carolina is one of many states who have decided to provide personnel to Washington, D.C. to prepare for possible large-scale protests, according to a news release.